SOME OF THE FACES BEHIND THE MAGIC
Anna Grace is a software entrepreneur who founded her first business at the age of 17. Today, Anna is the CEO of a Silicon Valley based startup. Anna has been a frequent speaker at technology conferences around the world, and represented Australia at the UN Commission on the Status of Women as a digital policy scholar. Anna is one of the highest ranking Speech and Drama teachers in the state of NSW, and has spent the last decade leading and advising educational teams in the design and implementation of learning extension programs in both STEM and The Arts. Anna has been the driving force behind the vision for this charity and ensures that the resources and networks she has established in her career can be effectively leveraged by The Orbispace Initiative to support the next generation.
Agnes has worked in Australia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe and is currently with the Sydney office of the Boston Consulting Group. Prior to that, she was a solicitor with a leading Australian law firm and a policy advisor for NSW Government. Agnes holds a Masters in Business Administration with Distinction at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School where she studied under a University bursary and received the Tim Lee prize for first in Strategy. She also holds a BCom; LLB (Hons) from the University of Sydney. Agnes is passionate about ethical leadership, innovative thinking, and mentorship. In her spare time, she enjoys reading fictional novels and watching French films. Agnes is taking The Orbispace Initiative forward into the next phase of its development, ensuring the delivery of scalable services that maximise impact.
Director of Strategy and Partnerships
Sam is a senior executive, strategist and advisor. Sam has a corporate, commercial, governance and board background (local and international) with experience in sustainability, social and environmental outcomes. Sam is a chartered accountant and has served as an executive and non executive board director and advisor for leading corporates and not-for-profits. As a founding board director for the renowned Sydney International Piano Competition, Sam has a lifetime of experience building effective networks and strategies to support impactful charitable projects. At The Orbispace Initiative, Sam identifies new partnership opportunities, crafts strategy approaches to grow and evolve the organisation, and drives collaboration with leaders across a wide range of innovation industries.
Alexandra has worked as an educator in both Australia and China, designing, leading and teaching Gifted Education programmes, STEM courses and units of inquiry which encourage students to take action on a range of global issues. Alexandra has experience teaching Australian and British curriculums, and the International Baccalaureate. Alexandra holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Arts, a Diploma of Arts in English Literature (Melbourne University), a Master’s degree in Primary Teaching (Sydney University), and a Certificate of Gifted Education (University of New South Wales). Alexandra is working with The Orbispace Initiative to develop dynamic educational programs that map back to the school curriculum, while also providing students with the opportunity to develop leadership, innovation and enterprise competencies that extend beyond traditional classroom experiences.
Liz is a kind and clever communicator who loves uniting and mobilising communities of young people around important causes. Liz has experience herself as both a qualified educator and established small business owner, and is passionate about working with the next generation. In her studies at Wollongong University, completing a Bachelor of Media and Communications Majoring in Digital Media, Marketing and Advertising, Liz was named a Golden Key member for her service and academic excellence. In this role, Liz was responsible for establishing mentoring networks and coordinating seminars to deliver student leadership training. At The Orbispace Initiative, Liz manages communications across our partnership networks and alumni.
Brian is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 30 years experience in Accounting and Financial Services. He commenced his career with Deloitte in South Africa, specialising in Auditing and since then has gained experience inside and outside the Chartered Accounting profession. In the last 10 years Brian has specialised in Company Secretarial and CFO services for both publicly listed and private companies. Brian acts as Treasurer for The Orbispace Initiative. When Brian speaks about TOI he considers his own daughters and how, as a Father, he hopes all young women can be empowered to reach their full potential.